"Harold Transome is a landowner who goes against his family's political tradition (much to his mother's distress), while Felix Holt is a sincere radical. The setting of the book, the 1832 parliament election, is used to discuss the social problems of that time. A secondary plot involves Esther Leon, the stepdaughter of a minister who is the real heiress to the Transome estate, with whom both Harold Transome and Felix Holt fall in love. Esther loves poor Felix Holt, but would she choose a... favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite ( 1 reviews ) Topics: Victorian novel, social novel, political novel Source: Librivox recording of a public-domain text
LibriVox recording of The Little White Bird by J. M. Barrie. Read in English by Mike Pelton; TribalElder; Sandra; MissRose; Carol; Lynne Thompson; Larry Wilson "A children's book, sharp social commentary and sad psychological thriller about a man's search for a sense of belonging. All in one amazing and lyrical collection. This is the first book in which Peter Pan starts to appear. His adventure in Kensington Gardens are first narrated here. Other than that, it offers a magical portrait of... Topics: librivox, audiobooks, realist fiction, social novel, 26
LibriVox recording of Demos: A Story of English Socialism by George Gissing. Read in English by KHand; Farheen; TRUEBRIT; Roxanna Nazari; Lynne Thompson; Martin; Philippa; Gnomesb"Richard Mutimer is delighted to inherit a large fortune. As a socialist, he means to use it well: he will open a factory in which workers would be treated well, he will advance his party's causes through his own wealth... At least, so he thinks. But reality may be far different. This novel raises more questions... favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite ( 1 reviews ) Topics: librivox, audiobooks, social novel, political thriller
LibriVox recording of The Story Of A Modern Woman by Ella Hepworth Dixon. Read by LibriVox Volunteers "This touching short novel tells the story of Mary Earl, a woman who has to fend for herself in London at the end of the 19th century. She becomes a writer. But she cannot write whatever she wants. There is a format in which her novels should be written- a format she does not like or understand. To make matters worse, she falls in love with a married man. This novel is considered one of... Topics: librivox, audiobooks, London, social novel, femenist fiction, new woman novel
LibriVox recording of The Autobiography of an Ex-Colored Man (version 2) by James Weldon Johnson. Read in English by tiwo007; Jim Locke; Ashton Woods; Jesse Zuba; Denise Nordell The story of a biracial man living in the deep south after the reconstruction era. He is young and talented. Yet, in order for him to avoid stigma, he has to pass as white. But would his sense of belonging and solidarity to the black community of the time catch up with him at the end? "It is very likely that the... Topics: librivox, audiobooks, social novel, political novel, literary fiction
LibriVox recording of The Tragic Muse by Henry James. Read in English by shihping; deongines; Jim Locke; Lisa Reichert; Christine Lehman; RobThomas Art or politics, this is the question Nick Dormer dealls with in the course of this novel. Mirian Ruth, an aspiring actress, is the "tragic muse" of the title. Her concerns are a bit different: would proper society accept her as an actress, or would she have to choose between giving up acting and marrying well? A large and interesting cast... Topics: librivox, audiobooks, politics, art, love story, Victorian novel, social novel
LibriVox recording of Paved With Gold by Augustus Mayhew. Read in English by Bridget Herbes; Judi Mason; tnbuley5425 The expressed goal of this book is to "write a truthful account of the miseries of criminal life" (from the preface). Thus, this book tells the story of Philip, a child who grew up in the workhouse until running away to navigate the streets of London on his own. "Paved With Gold", or, the Romance and Reality of the London Streets is one of the most vivid books... Topics: librivox, audiobooks, Crime, childhood, social novel, workhouse fiction
Librivox recording of North and South, by Elizabeth Gaskell. Set in Victorian England, North and South is the story of Margaret Hale, a young woman whose life is turned upside down when her family relocates to northern England. As an outsider from the agricultural south, Margaret is initially shocked by the aggressive northerners of the dirty, smoky industrial town of Milton. But as she adapts to her new home, she defies social conventions with her ready sympathy and defense of the working... favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite ( 5 reviews ) Topics: librivox, audiobook, literature, social novel, industrial novel, romance Source: Librivox recording of a public-domain text
LibriVox recording of The Visioning , A Novel by Susan Glaspell. Read in English by Sheila; rmcardle9479; Jeremiah Sutherland; Lynne Thompson; Roxanne Weber; Mike Pelton "The Visioning, Susan Glaspell's second novel, tells about Katie Jones, a young woman who lives in the comfortable world she knows with a charming circle of friends. Her brother is an army officer, and her uncle lives in Washington. The world she knows is the world they let her see. Until Anne comes into the picture. Katie... Topics: librivox, audiobooks, social novel, feminist fiction, coming of age story, psychological thriller
LibriVox recording of Eleanor's Victory by Mary Elizabeth Braddon. Read in English by Eleanor Howard Only 15-years-old, Eleanor Vane is very happy with her lot: educated in an expensive finishing school in Paris, the apple of her father's eye, and disposed to be kind. Of course there are things missing: she does not remember her mother who died when she was young. But at least she has her father... Until he unexpectedly dies. Now Eleanor is at the mercy of her half-siblings who were never in... favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite ( 1 reviews ) Topics: librivox, audiobooks, Detective, Mystery, love story, social novel, feminist fiction, family drama,...
LibriVox recording of The Unclassed by George Gissing. Read in English by Lynne Thompson; geoffbl; beyondutopia; Sally Ireland; Anusha Iyer; mrnmrz72 The Unclassed tells the story of two friends who are aspiring authors living in the London of the late 19th century. Both of them fall in love. Both believe in social change but do not know how to bring it about. Both are sceptical about the values of their times. Both want respectability more then they would admit. This book, unlike many others... favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite ( 2 reviews ) Topics: librivox, audiobooks, love story, Victorian novel, realist fiction, social novel, femenist fiction
LibriVox recording of The War Workers by E. M. Delafield. Read in English by Denise Nordell; VfkaBT This is an early work by the author of "Diary Of A Provincial Lady". During the first world war, in the Midlands, there was a place where soldiers received sandwiches and a bit of comfort. It is run by Miss Vivian, an upper class woman who is controlling and manipulative. Her dedication to her work hides her selfishness and ability to emotionally blackmail her so-called workers. She is... ( 1 reviews ) Topics: librivox, audiobooks, satire, romance, family, love story, social novel, country life, war novel,...
LibriVox recording of Dead Men's Shoes by Mary Elizabeth Braddon. Read in English by Michele Eaton; angelic1ang; chocmuse; Leena Emsley; K. Adrian Stroet; cathykirchner; Mary Herndon Bell; michelekilpatrick; Judi Mason Sybil, a gentlewoman who has to work for a living, finally finds employment as her rich uncle's house keeper. Nothing could be better: she would finally have an easy job in which she is treated well, and inherit her uncle's money after his death. But then she falls in love with... Topics: librivox, audiobooks, love story, boarding school, social novel, murder mystery, family life,...